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Charting Experience: Four Artists with Developmental Disabilities Map Singular Visions

by Sola Agustsson
The process of creating art always involves transmitting one’s singular sensory experiences into a discrete vision. The Los Angeles exhibition brings together four contemporary artists who organize information and experience through text and images, charting popular culture, physical space, and personal knowledge in painstakingly detailed work. Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz of Disparate Minds curated the exhibition, which is now on view at The Good Luck Gallery, a space dedicated to... [more]
Posted by Sola Agustsson on 8/6/16
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In 1,000 Text Paintings, Betty Tompkins Proves Words Are As Provocative As Porn

by Sola Agustsson
The media floods us with words and images aimed to categorize women. In Betty Tompkins’ new Los Angeles exhibition , the artist best known for her Fuck Paintings repaints some of these common labels, creating a feminist space for her pieces to expose and confront everyday sexist language and representations. On the walls of GAVLAK Gallery, 1,000 small textual paintings hang salon-style, presented as a cohesive installation. Their texts are derived from responses Tompkins got in an email thread... [more]
Posted by Sola Agustsson on 7/25/16
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The Awkwardness of Averageness: Raymond Pettibon’s American Sickness

by Char Jansen
“I’m not walking down there, there’s a body on the floor,” my friend Shai said. We were coming out of a pizza place that had a gunshot mark in the TV. “Come on, it’s fine. She’s not dead.” As we walked past the disputed human being lying face down in the middle of the stenching sidewalk, she turned on her side and smiled vaguely into the distance with her elderly, meth-lined face. , 2015, Collage and ink on paper Sickness is something you encounter on a daily basis in Los Angeles. Sinking... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 5/26/15
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Arts and Letters: Lesley Dill in Conversation

by Lee Ann Norman
Lesley Dill works in sculpture, photography, and performance, using a range of media and methods to explore themes of language, the body, and what it means to be transformed by an experience. She recently participated in Beautiful Beast at the New York Academy of Art, an exhibition that explored the intersection of beauty and abjection through sculpture, often depicting our humanity through distortion. I am always interested in work that defies disciplinary boundaries and convention, and Dill’s... [more]
Posted by Lee Ann Norman on 3/30/15
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Spiral Stories: Simon Starling at the MCA Chicago

by James Pepper Kelly
An Italian/Polish Fiat, wheels to the wall, is anchored over your head. In the next room, two slabs of marble dominate the space—250 kg from Italy, one ton from China—floating above the floor. They support each other by means of a simple pulley. Further into the exhibition, helium-filled jacks hold up and balance a 4,900 lb. plate of Romanian steel. These three works are given top billing in , the artist’s first major American museum survey. Starling is overdue for recognition in the United... [more]
Posted by James Pepper Kelly on 8/22/14
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Untitled: Agatha Gothe-Snape on the threshold of the 8th Berlin Biennale

by Sonja Hornung
An artist rejects the visual to provide words for a Biennale without a title. Since January this year, Melbourne-based artist Agatha Gothe-Snape has been stringing together compositions of words. Her enigmatic phrases appear splayed across the splash page of the Berlin Biennale, placed where you would ordinarily expect to see a curatorial concept. No explanation provided. Title: Untitled. {EVERYTHING HAS TWO HANDLES} was my first hit. Yours might be something else. {ACCRUE! ACCRUE!}... [more]
Posted by Sonja Hornung on 5/25/14
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Marcel van Eeden: Murder he drew

by Edo Dijksterhuis
Marcel van Eeden’s work is all about time, but it always starts with a location. In his series of drawings van Eeden tells stories taking place roughly between World War I and 1965, the year of his own birth. Drawing from photographs, advertisements, and, less frequently, short texts, he creates the building blocks of a partially true and partially fictional history. With every new episode, which doesn’t necessarily follow chronology but always connects with the others and often features... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 5/21/14
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Interview With Despina Stokou: Putting it all into context…

by Swax McIver
Athens-born, Berlin-based artist Despina Stokou always has several projects going on at any given time. She believes contemporary artists should be active players in the art world and her involvement in Berlin's ever-changing, always-moving art scene goes beyond her studio practice to include writing, editing bpigs.com, and the organization of events to support young artists and curators. By all accounts, her hard work seems to be paying off. Following a flurry of successful showings last year... [more]
Posted by Swax McIver on 4/27/14
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Surf's Up! Raymond Pettibon's Surfers Take Manhattan

by Gabrielle Lipton
Presently, the walls of the Venus Over Manhattan gallery are covered in every oceanic shade of blue, aqua, and green, drenching the concrete space with waves of intense cool. More than forty frames—some larger than chalkboards, some the size of table menus—fill , an exhibition comprised solely of the surfer paintings Raymond Pettibon has made since 1985. Somewhere in the all the watery pigments small figures make their way across massive curls. Poised and up against enormity, Pettibon’s surfers... [more]
Posted by Gabrielle Lipton on 4/21/14
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Speak Your Plural: Chapter One of Slow Frequency

by Stephanie Cristello
Affirmation, fulfillment, declaration; these are all terms used to describe motivational speaking. This form of address is designed for the masses. Though they prey on the singular, all these words refer to an inherent plurality: which is to say, yourself in others. Affirmation is mirrored through encounters, fulfillment is only expressed to a counterpart when it is lacking, and declaration depends on an audience of listeners. Yet, while these definitions point towards self-help culture –... [more]
Posted by Stephanie Cristello on 4/11/14